As some of you may know, I am a mother of 17 month old twin boys (at the time of writing this). My husband and I had a decent collection of children’s games from before our babies were born, but the only game we had for toddlers was Go Away Monster!, which is labeled ages 3+ on the box. We'd played it with our friend’s daughter when she was a little under 2, but we wanted to get more games for toddlers. We found out that there are very few games for children under 3 years (probably due to babies putting everything in their mouths). But during a sale when my babies were ~14 months, we bought a bunch of games from HABA’s My Very First Games line, which are all for ages 2+. Over the past few months I've slowly been introducing the games to them, and I wanted to share how we've been playing them and how my twins enjoy them!
In each game review, I’ll go over how I play the game with my twins, which components I keep in the box, and a ”Chew Test“ for the components.
Overall, the HABA wooden pieces are very durable - they’ve undergone a lot of chewing and slobber without getting scratched or damaged. Most of the games also have thick cardboard pieces and/or thinner cardboard pieces (the thinness of the box). The thick cardboard pieces are also pretty durable, but can get bite marks. The thin ones can get bite marks/tears and get bent/warped.
Update May 30, 2021:
When my kids were 19 and a half months, I introduced them to our game room. Before that, they hadn’t gone into our game room much. but I finally cleaned it up and it became another room for them to explore. Instead of me choosing games to introduce to them, I let them pick out boxes they wanted to try (I put all the kid game boxes within reach). So they picked out some games that I otherwise wouldn’t have tried introducing to them! Since then they've been "playing" games by picking out boxes and then playing with the game components that I pick for them to play with (the more durable components).
Here are the reviews for each game, ordered by age I started playing with them: